car bomb


Definition of car bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

Examples of car bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, on September 5th, a car bomb detonated in Kabul, killing about a dozen people, including Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, a thirty-four-year-old U.S. Army sergeant. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 February 20, 2015 - Three simultaneous suicide car bomb blasts kill at least 30 and injure more than 40 in Gobba, Libya. CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 She was killed in Oct. 2017, by a car bomb shortly after her last article was published. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2020 At least 23 people were killed in violent clashes at the start of the year, followed by a deadly car bomb and the murder of a local community leader and his wife. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 6 Feb. 2022 At one point, a car bomb was detonated in a petroleum warehouse near the prison, sparking a fire that lasted a couple of days and acted as a diversion. NBC News, 26 Jan. 2022 Last week, the group claimed responsibility for a car bomb in Ramadi, a city devastated first by the militants’ takeover and then by the battle for its recapture. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 On the day of her wedding, the woman is killed in a car bomb. New York Times, 22 June 2021 Later in the month, car bomb exploded in front of a building where more than 40 social leaders were gathered in a self-protection workshop, injuring dozens and killing a security guard. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of car bomb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of car bomb was in 1923

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20 May 2022

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“Car bomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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